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The Washington-state based Community Space Program' s full-scale,
30-foot-tall, 700-pound Honest John at Black Rock in 2004.
Four John Lyngdale experimental "O" Motors lifted the 700-pound rocket effortlessly off the pad.  A second or so into the flight, eight more "G" motors positioned high up in the rocket were ignited, giving the rocket a realistic roll in flight. See photo at left.  Moments later, the rocket suffered a massive CATO and was lost. Still, what an effort by all those involved.  This is the edge of high-power rocketry.
Above: The Honest John is assembled in the desert. 
At right: Sections of the main airframe after the CATO.
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